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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Marino Responds to President's Speech on Energy

March 30, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Once again, we see the uncanny ability of President Obama to tell the American people one thing while doing something completely different.
This Administration continues to do anything and everything to block energy production here at home while encouraging other countries to increase production – something we saw again last week while the President was visiting Rio de Janiero.
During his visit to Latin America, President Obama said the United States would be a major customer of Rio’s oil supply and called it a “win-win” for both countries.
I’m more interested in a “win-win” situation for the United States and its citizens. We must decrease dependence on foreign sources of oil and develop America’s rich natural resources. It’s time we used those resources to their fullest – not just by increasing domestic oil and gas exploration but by encouraging the use of a diverse combination of energy sources in order to break our addiction to oil.
One of those sources lies within the 10th District – the Marcellus Shale field of natural gas. There is a way to make use of this gift in a safe manner and I believe we can accomplish that.
We have been wrestling with our dependence on foreign oil – and the problems it creates for U.S. businesses and households – for more than 30 years.
The accomplishments of the Department of Energy have been few since it was created by President Carter in 1977. Three decades after we first waited in long lines to fill our gas tanks, we still find ourselves dependent on the Middle East and unrest in that part of the world continues.
It’s time we got serious about formulating a domestic energy policy that uses domestic energy sources. This will create American jobs and put an end to our dependence on the volatile Middle East.